The changes that the Renaissance precipitated are most evident in the art of that period.
There was an evolution from the strict, symbolic figures of the Middle Ages, to the fluid,
emotion-filled figures that gave life to Renaissance art.
Influences on the Italian Renaissance
The Black Death
The Hundred Years War
Trade and Commerce Change Town Life
The Growth of Italian City-States
The Spirit of the Renaissance
The Black Plague
What was the Bubonic plague
From 1346 1352 killed 1/3 of Europ
Italy: Birthplace of the Renaissance
The European Renaissance was a rebirth of learning and the arts that began in Italy in the
Italy had three advantages over the rest of Europe that helped lead to the Renaissance.
Giottos Last Judgment from the Scrovegni Chapel in Pauda
In the Renaissance Italian scholars turned to classical Greek and Roman to study
humanities (grammar, history, poetry and rhetoric). These scholars were called
End of the Middle Ages-The Calamitous 14th Century
A. The Black Death, 1347-48
a medieval pandemic that swept through Asia and Europe. It reached
Europe in the late 1340s, killing an estimated 25 million people. The
Black Death lingered on for centuries
Defining the Renaissance
A. A Historical Period (circa 1400-1600) concerned with
o 1. importance of the individual
o 2. common kinds of politics (ie. city states in Italy)
o 3. time of economic growth, rebirth after 14th C.
o 4. this definition very limit
Renaissance Practice test and answers
1. During the Early Renaissance, a new social/economic class developed that was in
between the nobles/church leaders (upper classes) and the peasants (lower classes). What
was this class?
A) The artisan class.
1. The word Renaissance refers to _
A. the reawakening of interest in Classical values and ideas.
B. the gradual loss of authority of the Catholic Church.
C. the loss of half of Europes population during the Black Death.
D. the role wealthy
European Society in t he Age of the
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